CTH6100 Community Based Theater

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. J.L. Guerriero

Course Description:

Builds upon the concept of the collective unconscious and integrates theories, practices, and approaches to community-based theater as a tool for social change and therapeutic change with individuals, groups, and communities. Examines various playback forms, and other forms of transformative drama such as Theater of the Oppressed. Special emphasis on sociodramatic principles. Students will learn various tools for working with groups, including the principles of sociometry and the use of locograms and spectrograms.

How This Course Benefits Students:

An introductory survey course that acquaints the student with various forms of community based theatre as well as a basic understanding of theatre for social change. The course builds upon principles learned in Cinematherapy, as Community Theatre is a collective experience. Students evaluate various approaches to community based theatre and implement some of them in their current ministry. The course may fulfill requirements to become a Registered Drama Therapist with the North American Drama Therapy Association.

Why This Course Is Important:

This course will explore in greater depth the use of drama therapy to bring about social change. Students who are working with groups or peoples in conflict will learn common approaches to utilizing theatre to heal social rifts. This course may be used as an elective to pursue the Registered Drama Therapist credential with the North American Drama Therapy Association.